Even though food allergies are on the rise and 15 million Americans are now impacted, it can still be really tough to find allergy-free snacks that don’t taste like cardboard. And even when you do, many allergy-free products are still made in places that may risk cross-contamination. Not worth the trip to Mass General from accidentally eating nuts, dairy, or gluten.
But Bostonians with food allergies now have a better way to snack: 88 Acres.
88 Acres is a Boston-based company bringing delicious, allergy-free snack bars to the masses. The bars are produced in a Dorchester facility that is completely free of the eight most common food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, fish, and shellfish.
But don’t worry, the company doesn’t substitute those ingredients with any weird synthetic stuff. 88 Acres is committed to using wholesome ingredients that it gets from the best farms and suppliers. This close relationship lets 88 Acres trace what it puts into each bar right to the source. So rest easy allergy sufferers with the knowledge that you aren’t eating something that could make you sick.
Rob Dalton, co-founder of 88 Acres, is one of the many Bostonians with food allergies. On one of his earliest dates with Nicole Ledoux, his future wife and business partner, he had an allergic reaction that required hospitalization. It was Ledoux’s first experience with food allergies, but it sparked something in her that would eventually lead to the creation of 88 Acres – named for the size of her family’s farm in North Brookfield. Ledoux soon began tinkering with snack bar recipes that she and Dalton could eat while running and biking in training for a triathlon. When her friends who don’t have food allergies started stealing them, she knew she was onto something.
88 Acres currently sells three snack bars: Apple & Ginger, Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Triple Berry. Each of the bars is made with 88 Acres craft seed blend, a mix of organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. Each also incredibly craveable. Plus, you’ll find Vermont maple syrup, an organic dark chocolate made without soy or dairy, and gluten-free oats packed into these delicious, healthy snacks that are perfect after a workout or for that dreaded mid-afternoon slump.
Bostonians can find 88 Acres at many local grocery stores and you can order boxes on the 88 Acres website.
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